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A Few Updates of Tour de Flex

Posted by Sravan | December 17, 2008 | 5 Comments

A Million Samples
Gregory Wilson, one of the Adobe Evangelists behind Tour de Flex, wrote yesterday on his blog that the app has so far been used to view 1,000,000 samples. James Ward announced the release of the app on the 17th of November, exactly a month ago. Now, that is what we call stellar!

When a user of Tour de Flex is connected to the Internet, the app pings every two seconds. It also creates a log entry on their server every time a sample is viewed to track the popularity of samples. This also implies that there won’t […] Continue Reading…

Rich Text Editor in Tour de Flex

Posted by Sravan | December 16, 2008 | 9 Comments

I was browsing using the Tour de Flex application and found a sample of what looked like a rich text editor. Have any of you noticed the Working With the File System showcased in Tour de Flex? You can find it under AIR Capabilities -> Coding Techniques.

It is a rich text editor. It allows one to change fonts, font sizes, colors, bold, italicize, underline, indent, and insert links into the text. The file can be saved and only files with an extension of .TXT, .HTM and .HTML can be opened using it.

The app doesn’t parse all HTML files properly […] Continue Reading…

Rounding up RIA IDE Plugin Release Week

Posted by Sravan | December 15, 2008 | Comment

Starting the week with some fun: The Motley Fool posted a sensationalist, keyword-rich — and initially erroneous — article titled Adobe is Running Scared. Many, including Ryan Stewart, understandably were amused if not outraged. It is funny, one way or the other.

Adobe and SpringSource are collaborating to ease the development and deployment of rich enterprise Java apps. This will help integrate Adobe Flash and SpringSource platforms. Spring BlazeDS Integration and SpringSource Adapter for Adobe LiveCycle Data Services ES are the two projects in development.

Will this be named the RIA-IDE-Plugin month? SapphireSteel released its first beta of Amethyst, an Adobe […] Continue Reading…

Rich Spatial Flex Viewer for Geoweb 2.0

Posted by Sravan | December 12, 2008 | Comment

We have seen a number of mashups that use Google Maps API or some other maps and almost all of them do just one thing: putting markers (lines or polygons) on the digital maps, regardless of how fancy the user interface (UI) and the data may be. But there is this Rich Spatial Flex Viewer which pushes the boundaries and shows what a truly advanced Geoweb app should be about. Moxie Zhang, our blogger and the Enterprise Solution Architect at ESRI, shares the app with us. It has better visualization and a greater functionality than most Geoweb apps that […] Continue Reading…

Sun JavaFX 1.0 Released

Posted by Sravan | December 11, 2008 | Comment

Next time I miss something this important, kick my shins. An even better thing would be sending a small tip reminding us of what we missed. A comment on any of our posts would be received with thanks, even about JavaFX on which isn’t out primary focus.

Sun JavaFX 1.0 was released a week ago. The main new features are the  cross-platform video support using On2 Technologies’ video codecs, and the JavaFX mobile emulator. Developers will be able to preview the JavaFX apps on the JavaFX mobile platform soon. This version also has a new implementation of the Java plugin.

Christopher […] Continue Reading…

Some Charges Against Adobe AIR Apps

Posted by Sravan | December 10, 2008 | 7 Comments

I have a few issues to ramble about Adobe AIR apps in general after having reviewed a good number of them. These come from a tint of user’s exasperation that has come to the forefront after using Tour de Flex. Because Tour de Flex has been developed by Adobe’s own AIR developers and it is understandable considered as a standard.

Installers: The installer files of AIR apps are doing a poor job of bundling in general. This wasn’t a problem until recently because most AIR apps were within the 1MB size limit. But we are seeing larger AIR apps being developed and users need to […] Continue Reading…

SUMO Paint: Another Online Alternative to Photoshop

Posted by Sravan | December 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’ve heard that there are a lot of online alternatives to Photoshop, like Picnik, Adobe Photoshop Express and Splashup. I have tried SUMO Paint now. The “Online Image Editor” is a very elaborate webapp using Flex.

I’ve experienced enough slow and neverending wait times and was pleasantly surprised by how fast SUMO Paint loads. And once it loads, it doesn’t get stuck anywhere.

I can’t compare it with other online painting software but if you haven’t tried any either, I think this could be as good as any to start with. Apart from the tools that are present even in Paint […] Continue Reading…

Rounding up Adobe Layoffs Week

Posted by Sravan | December 8, 2008 | Comment

Adobe in a recent press release announced that it “has taken steps to reduce its headcount by approximately 600 full-time positions globally”. This was buried in the middle of a lot of other dollar-numbers, and what narks me the most is the complexity of business writing which hides the message within itself. Peter of RIAJobs gives more inside information, including that Adobe Evangelist Mike Downey would be leaving too. I’m sorry and I wish everyone affected the very best.

David Tucker, the RIA expert of, shares the wonderful news that he is now a father of twins. Hearty congratulations, […] Continue Reading…

Free Adobe ActionScript Book for Download

Posted by Charles | December 6, 2008 | 17 Comments

The book is titled: Adobe Flash Platform ActionScript reference for RIA development. That’s quite mouthful. Anyway, it’s free and you can download it here. I think it’s Adobe’s effort to show developers the full stack of RIA technology. Makes sense.


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